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When President Obama named Michelle Lee as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she became the first woman to hold that position in the agency’s 225-year history.

Lee, is working to make sure she’s not an anomaly and bring more women and minorities into STEM careers.

The Innovation Trail’s Jenna Flanagan recently met up with Director Lee in New York City.

“Any goal of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the highest level is to promote innovation. That’s in men women, boys and girls.”

Credit University of Rochester

 

New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester area Congresswoman Louise Slaughter say that a proposal to have a new photonics institute in Rochester has advanced to the final round of applications. The U.S. Department of Defense is overseeing the funding competition.

Slaughter says the Rochester-led New York State consortium was selected as one of three finalists to submit a full application.

Advanced weather detection system: New York NOW

Jan 16, 2015

Story Begins at 19:00

Is there a way to mitigate the damage caused by devastating storms like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene or the blizzard that blanketed parts of western New York recently?

The science behind "Wind Chill"

Jan 7, 2015
noaa.gov

 

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 Thursday morning.

And while wind chill values may go as low as 20 below zero, even meteorologists admit it's not an exact science.

Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says several years ago, the agency changed the way the wind chill temperature index was determined.

He says they changed the formula that was used to compute wind chill values so they didn't sound quite as cold.

You won’t be able to throw out old computers, televisions or video game consoles in the trash anymore in New York state once a new e-waste law is goes into effect Jan. 1.

This is the final phase of the state’s electronic waste recycling law that’s meant to divert electronics that can harbor dangerous metals from getting into the landfill.  

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